Step Inside Chris & Vicky’s Pink Kitchen with Versailles Limestone
Step inside Chris & Vicky’s thatched 1650s home with their recently renovated pink kitchen. An old wattle and daub house located in the Bedfordshire countryside is home to Chris, Vicky, Bertie the dog and their two children. The house has been extended and adapted through the years, now serving as a functional yet beautiful family home with the Versailles limestone.
“When we first bought the property, there was already plenty of character and charm, with oak beams, original windows and a thatched roof - but the kitchen was definitely the most outdated space! As a busy and growing family, we knew we needed a functional kitchen, but wanted it to be a space we would enjoy and spend a lot of time in. Whilst much of the property has stayed similar in layout, we decided to extend the back of the property and completely overhaul the kitchen to create an open plan living area.”
“Our style is very much timeless country but with slightly more modern touches. We wanted a soft and neutral colour palette, with a light and airy feel. When choosing the floor, we looked for hundreds of different natural stones, but the Versailles limestone stood out for it’s neutral, soft tones and matt finish. We loved the consistency from tile to tile and with it being a natural stone, it suited a lot of the characteristics in the rest of the property.”
The kitchen itself is by Atelier Cabinet Makers who specialise in designing, making and fitting bespoke kitchens. The cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Drop Cloth’ – a gentle mid grey to beige, with just enough colour and warmth. The oak beams incorporated into the extension and raw plaster walls enhance the organic feel of this space with subtle pink hues that work so effortlessly with the Versailles softly aged limestone tiles. The utility cabinetry and panelling are also painted in F&B ‘Drop Cloth’ with lime plaster applied to the curve of the walls, adding to the earthy and natural textures throughout.
Open shelving in both the kitchen and utility act as an opportunity to display memorabilia, artwork and Vicky’s collection of vintage vases and vessels - bringing personal touches to make it their own. Their favourite interior piece is the Perrin & Rowe tap in an antique brass finish - it is distinctive and unique enough, and functional as a hot water tap, yet looks as though it could have been in the property for hundreds of years.